Over the past few weeks, my mental heath has crashed. My anxiety has increased and the depression I was suffering from has returned in a big way. It seems that a combination of things has happened.
1, Still waiting for my assessment.
2, MP not being able to sort it out.
3, Health trust not responding to complaints.
4, Historical trauma anniversaries coming up around this time.
I'm feeling that I'm not making any progress.
I have had to refer myself back to talking therapies and am waiting for GP appointment.
Sorry Ed S. Everything hitting you all at once. I hope you don’t have to wait too long for counselling.
Sending you good vibes Ed, try to be kind to yourself and keep going. All of the boring advice about healthy diet and exercise and challenging thoughts is true but hard. Talking therapies are well worth having so it's good that you're doing that - and a fab sign that you care about yourself enough to get yourself help.
Also boring but true - all of the stuff that we can't control, even though it's annoying and worrying as hell sometimes, isn't helped by thinking about it over and over, but enjoying breathing and blue sky etc is free and actually helpful.
I hope I said something there that helps!
I've been there, and had to shout at myself metaphorically to change how I think and feel, and I know how hard that is.
Hi Ed S , I have full empathy/understanding with you and any concept of progress.
It is so stressful as you cannot control the slow process, NHS Bean counters forcing adults who require a diagnosis to wait or mis-diagnose. Health Trusts want to keep complaints quiet - maybe local paper could take up your story?
Anniversaries are difficult, my main traumatic one is a day of celebration for the rest of the UK.
With your GP, could you go to what is a drop-in/open surgery at your practice?
Good luck, many are in similar places currently, in the past or coming in the future on this journey with our condition.
Thank you all so much.
I have been referred for low level CBT and have got GP appointment later.
Supervisor has been awesome as well.
That’s good Ed S. Keep strong.
I hope that your GP appointment went well? In some areas you can access telephone support with a therapist while you are waiting for 1:1 CBT, it might be worth asking if this is accessible in your area?
The Gp appointment went ok, Even though it was over an hour late, I just wish I could communicate better when in the consultation room.
I managed not to say what I needed to say.
This has always been an issue with me.
Have you tried writing a list of salient points before you go to appointments? That way if you unable to verbally communicate what you need to express then you could just hand the GP/other professional the list?
Me too. I get frustrated after situations like that because I know i didn’t say what I needed to and then I have to wait. I find it difficult to just say something in conversation unless someone has specifically asked.